L’amour in the Ozarks

February is the month of love, so here are a few old Ozark superstitions for you, courtesy of the late great folklorist Vance Randolph.

I don’t believe I’ve shared these particular ones before. They are quaint, and perhaps few folks ever really took them very seriously, but then again, maybe a lot of people did. 

Wes Franklin

At any rate, they’re fun to read, so here goes: 

• When a lot of sparks fly from a chimney it means young folks are courting inside. 

• A girl can marry whomever she wants if she’ll just wash her face in early morning dew at sunrise on May 1. 

Also, if she looks into a spring that same morning, before breakfast, she will see her future husband. 

Or she can go to a well at noon that day and reflect the light of a mirror down into the water at the bottom. There she will see an image of her future life mate. 

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